Thursday, March 26, 2015

BFF Open House #202 Happy Spring !

The Answer Is Chocolate

Happy Friday Eve all. I have been MIA when it comes to making anything and some physical limitations....glad it's officially Spring! 

Here are some Springy features from last week's party. 

Love this freestanding bunny plaque from Much More Creative! Perfect for Spring and Easter! 

I really need to find an old rake! I keep seeing creative uses for them like this utensil holder from The Gracious Wife

As boot weather comes to an end, it's time for fun Spring shoes. How about monogramming a pair of canvas flats? Being Bianca has the details! 

This week's chocolate feature is all kinds of wonderful to me. Coffee, coconut, chocolate coffee liqueur? Yes please. Visit Confectionalism for the recipe!  

Now on to this week's party !


Thursday, March 19, 2015

BFF Open House Link Party #201

The Answer Is Chocolate

Happy Friday Eve all. Hope everyone had a wonderful and lucky St. Patrick's Day! Easter will be upon us before you know it. Here are some ideas from last week's party to pin and try! 

While we've had a mild Winter, I know most of the country is more than ready for Spring. Artsy VaVa has a perfect way to get ready with this Spring wreath. 

With Spring and more outdoor sports and play, boo boos are bound to happen. A Creative Princess shared these adorable "Boo Boo Bunny" ice packs. Who wouldn't feel better immediately with one of these? 

This wood bead garland from Woods of Bell Trees would be perfect for a Spring mantle or draped around anything. I love the combination of the wood beads and mini lights. 

This week's chocolate feature is from Gator Mommy Reviews . Classic chocolate and peanut butter combo. Perfection. 


Monday, March 16, 2015

Mod Podged Spring Basket Makeover

DCWV Primrose Stack Easter Basket

Sometimes you save something without a specific plan in mind for it but because you know based on the design that it’s a perfect candidate for a makeover. At least that’s the way my brain works and was the case with this project. Mr. Chocolate gave this to me a few years ago for Easter ( filled with chocolate of course) but ever getting it I’ve wanted to play with the basket itself because it was perfect for altering.

Sees Basket Makeover

The shape and surface of this basket made it really easy to alter. I chose the Primrose Stack from DCWV which is a gorgeous combination of Spring designs and color.

Primrose Stack Basket

DCWV Primrose Stack

The papers are gorgeously patterned so there was no need to really stamp or alter them. I used a couple of the fully patterned sheets and one sheet with borders for the basket. Using the basket as a tracing template, I cut pieces to cover each side and then coordinated with pieces from the border sheet.  I used Mod Podge to apply the papers to the basket and then painted the sides and handle with white craft paint.
DCWV Primrose Basket 2

Unlike the rest of the country , we’ve had a mild Winter and early Spring and I’ve been picking up fallen twigs and branches while out on walks. I grabbed a handful of these and combined them with rolled roses and leaves made from the paper scraps to decorate each side of the basket.

DCWV Primrose Stack Rolled Flowers

I haven’t quite decided what I’m putting in my basket yet but I like looking at it just on its own.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

BFF Open House Link Party #200

The Answer Is Chocolate

Happy Friday eve all! Not sure where this week went but thrilled for today both because of this party and College Boy being home for Spring Break! 

It's not easy being green but here are some ideas for next week's big green St. Patrick's fest: 

The guys from Crafty Lumberjacks upcycled their clover patch from last year into a fun shamrock wreath for this year! 

If you'd like to have something to wear that isn't necessarily green, how about a shamrock ring? Hoops by Hand has the how to. 

There's still time to make a lucky welcome sign for your front door with just a couple of items needed. It's Always Ruetten has the details. 

For a St. Patrck's treat how about mint chocolate truffles? The gold sugar on top is perfect ! Visit The Gracious Wife for the recipe. 

Now on to this week's party! 


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Faux Metal Marquee Letters

Faux Metal Marquee Letters

A few weeks ago I picked up some of the Heidi Swapp “Marquee Love” letters at Michaels when they were 50% off. I chose our initials and the ampersand symbol, but between not having much creating time lately and not being able to decide whether I wanted to paint, glitter, or paper the letters they’ve been sitting here staring at me. I finally had time and made a decision that I would paint them and go for a galvanized metal look. I've seen real metal  galvanized marquee letters for over $100 each and while yes would they be wonderful to have....not for that price! 

For this project you will need:
  • Heidi Swapp Marquee Love letter kit …each box contains a letter, a template to use if you’re going to use paper , light string and bulb covers
  • Acrylic paint (  I used Folk Art Steel Gray)
  • AAA batteries
Heidi Swapp Marquee Love

The letters come with holes in them so you can place the lights evenly. There’s also an instruction sheet to help you place the letters in the right order.

Painted Marquee Letters

Paint the letters. I used two coats of the Steel Gray and didn’t worry about covering evenly since I wanted a distressed metal look. Once your letters are dry, flip over and place your lights. Each letter comes with a guide sheet so you get them in the right order.

Marquee Love Lights

Once you have the lights placed, flip over and attach the light covers.

Marquee Love Light Covers


I think they look great lit or unlit and the battery holder has an easy on and off switch.

Faux Metal Marquee Letters 1 

The letters retail for $12.99 each but with them being on sale I was able to get all three for under $20 which is far less than real metal letters would have cost.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

BFF Open House Link Party #199

The Answer Is Chocolate

Happy first Friday eve of March! Thanks for the party last week despite not having any features. Life has been a little crazy. Here are some features from last week's party! 

St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner and you don't need to be Irish to celebrate. Krista from We're Far From Normal has a great roundup of ideas. 

Burlap hates me which is a shame because I like it! I think in this roundup shared by Southern Scraps I might be able to find a project to help me make peace with some burlap! 

Spring is almost here and the perfect season for these fun tassel necklaces from Made In A Day. Tassels are very on trend right now but you don't have to spend a lot to get the look! 

Any time of year is a good time for Chocolate Mousse. I can't wait to try this four ingredient recipe from The Life Jolie

Now on to this week's party !